In continuing the legacy of her late Trinidadian-born mother Kathyann Hernandez, who went to the Great Beyond two years ago, Patrice Simmons says she is maintaining Hernandez’s high standards in presenting “Dream Catcher” this Labor Day.
“It is a symbol of identification and unity,” Simmons told Caribbean Life about New Generation’s production. “We want our youth to know it is ok to dream, believe and achieve their goals.
“We hope to have fun with the children on the road, display our creativity and enjoy our beautiful culture,” added the band’s producer and designer, who, since childhood, has been assisted her mom in her productions.
“Dream Catcher” comprises 11 sections, with eight female and three male sections.
The female sections are: Lone Wolf, Amerindians, Spirit of the Drums, Pow Wow, Lost Tribe, Colors of the Wind, Pochantas and First Nations. The male sections are yet to be identified.
Simmons said each section in the “family-oriented band” comprises 20 masquerades of West Indian heritage.
She said the band has won many titles, including first place in the medium band category in the Junior Carnival, over the years.
“This year, we plan to continue promoting our culture with our youth, with great music and costumes,” said Simmons about New Generation’s “Dream Catcher,” which was officially launched earlier this week.
DJ Xlence will provide soca music to masqueraders.
New Generation is located at 633 East 40th St., between Avenue D and Foster Avenue.
Simmons can be reached at (347) 475-6023; email at newge